Clinical trials & patient access

The highly respected international work of Liverpool’s institutions and our long-established overseas research partnerships provide unrivalled access to patient populations around the globe and enable us to undertake high-quality research in the most relevant groups.

Our MHRA-accredited Clinical Research Unit (CRU) within the Royal Liverpool University Hospital facilitates first-in-human and first-in-patient studies and has been pivotal in supporting the development of human challenge models, while our CRU at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital enables experimental medicine studies in children.

There are two adult clinical trial units (Liverpool Clinical Trials Unit and the Clinical Trials Research Centre) along with the MRC North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research. LSTM also hosts a dedicated tropical clinical trials unit and a dedicated clinical trials facility at the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust programme in Blantyre, Malawi, which undertakes both early and late phase studies to good clinical practice (GCP) standards.

Collectively, these facilities and expertise have enabled Liverpool to be one of the premier centres for early phase clinical studies of new medicines, vaccines and diagnostics.